Welcome! See Italy (and more) through the eyes of an artist: American sculptor and painter Kelly Borsheim creates her life and art in Italy and shares her adventures in travel and art with you. Come on along, please and Visit her fine art work online at: www.BorsheimArts.com
months in the US without creating anything, I had so many plans to get back
into gear again once home.I am angry
with myself for not healing my knee and now adding the broken wrist into the
mix.I find that washing dishes and
cleaning my teeth the hardest daily tasks.Although cutting my hair was a time suck, but I could not get the longer
do to stay in the hairclip with one hand.
am happy to alternate my computer work with this new art project, however slow.Here is latest progress pic.Also, my sculpting friends who live in
Firenze [Florence] went to the quarry last week to choose stone for our next
project.Since I could not join them,
they came over for a short visit after they left the quarry.Lovely of them to each sign my cast, too!
want to share one of my pastel drawings on black paper.It is appropriately called “The Pause” [or ‘The Break’].Inspired by the staff at Quattro Leone, a popular
restaurant in Piazza della Passera in Florence, Italy, he is available.The original artwork will ship from Hickory,
North Carolina, USA.Contact me if you
have a calming place in your home or “around the water cooler” at work and let
us see what we can both do to get him to you!
cast should be signed or decorated, yes?Share the love for faster healing and all that jazz!I was fortunate enough to have two Italian
children that I sometimes get to have fun with visit [they live in a different
village from me] and show me the colors!They came over with their parents and my
landlord to pick some of the latter’s cherries.
day I woke with an idea for a new sculpture and got started on the 5th
of June.I only share the date since
people often ask me how long it takes to make one of my artworks. I usually do not know since I rarely work
consistently on one piece at a time.Anyway, my handwriting with my left hand is legible, but not always
pretty or controlled.I think painting
and drawing are out for a while.Sculpture tools are too dangerous, even if just dropping them.Plastilina is an oil-based clay that never
dries out.3-dimensions is quite
complicated to do [building the armature], so that left bas-relief.
out one of my larger drawing boards and the sand bags I made for my stone
carving.I used wood and a wooden
palette to trace shapes on my board for the outer edge size of my future
composition.And applied the clay with
my left hand.It may never be great, but
at least it is progress on a foundation.
We did the cast signing on Nori’s tractor.There was nowhere else for the kids to sit or
me rest my forearm for them to draw on. After that and cherry-picking, I had to
show them the proper ways to enjoy passion flowers, such as enhancing one’s
eyelashes.You have done this, too, no?
Have you ever seen so many bees at once on
a flower?I snapped several shots of
this passion flower near my home, so cool.Also, tucked in among my landlord’s lemon trees is an aloe vera plant.I had no idea that aloe makes a flower!WOW, just look at this beaut!
Enjoying so many busy bees at my home.
And finally, just when I was looking
forwardto fewer distractions and
working on paintings and sculpture again, another fall.Obviously, my knee is not healing.This time, I also hurt my left ankle and
broke my right wrist in two places.At
least my cast maker was/is still cute [although not fond of being photographed]!Time to properly study Italian . . . at least
one month in this cast!Shorter blog
posts, as well, jaja.
Stereotypes are not always accurate, nor
are they always flattering.I am
currently working on a large composition of a Serbian farmer and his
granddaughter.I have been to Serbia
twice now to visit them and I adore this family.The stereotype that I am referring to this
time is one that I have heard from other farmers as well:That city folks tend to think that farmers
are dumb.Oh, the stories that Srecko
tells about the kinds of things that people and even his government assume of
So, I hope to show this farmer as I see
him:a studious, thoughtful, and
intelligent man.Technically speaking, I
want to do a partially monochromatic painting, focus on brush strokes and
texture, create a story-telling composition, and make something beautiful.
It is great to be back home and painting
again.My trip to the USA was fruitful
and fast, despite my being there for seven weeks.It was not enough time with my family
(although my baby sister’s wedding was a lot of fun!) and even less time with
friends, many of whom I did not get to see at all.I really appreciate those who made an effort
to come see me privately or at one of my art events.Thank you!
Cheers and, gosh,
almost a “happy June” already!
Serbian Farmer monochrome painting work-in-progress